Cerro Porteño vs Capiatá
La Olla, Asunción
09/08/2014; 18:30 (23:30 BST)
TV: Tigo Sports (Paraguay)
A winless Cerro play their first game of the season in La Olla and the pressure is building on Chiqui Arce with fans and the board anxious for three points to try and keep in touch with a flying Olimpia. Capiatá on the other hand are doing well under Hector Marecos, they won their last 3 games of the Apertura including a 1-0 win over Cerro and have started the Clausura unbeaten.
Arce saw some key players leave at the end of the Apertura, namely Angel Romero (Corinthians) and Luis Cardozo (Morelia) leaving them weaker at both ends of the pitch. The new hope is Sergio “Kun” Díaz the 16-year-old who has started the first two games but is yet to find the net so may make way today. Bruno Valdez was signed from Sol to fill the gap at centreback while Miguel Paniagua has crossed town from Guaraní and was very good in central midfield against Libertad in the last game. The big boost however is the arrival of Mauricio Sperduti from Argentina, the right-sided midfielder spent many years at Newell’s before spending a year in Italy with Palermo, he is likely to give the Capiateño defence a tough time. The combative Fidencio Oviedo is suspended today following a red card versus the Gumarelo.
Capiatá have been relying heavily on the goals of Fabio Escobar, the 32-year-old has 4 in his last 5 league matches, but they’ll have to do without him today as he got his marching orders last week’s draw with Sol de América. Ex-Olimpia midfielder “Tom” Ortiz usually ups his game against his old rivals and will try and work in the space behind the midfield and in front of the defence. Jorge Ayala will probably start in Escobar’s absence as he looks to recreate his wonderful 2012 with Carapeguá, since a serious injury he hasn’t got many goals. Don’t expect them to defend with 10-men behind the ball, they will be organized but inventive.
Best Bet: BTTS because although Fabio Escobar isn’t available for Capiatá the absence of Fidencio Oviedo in Cerro means they will be a bit light in midfield, set-piece defending has also been an issue this season.
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Carlos Bonet, Danilo Ortiz, Victor Hugo Mareco, Carlos Montiel; Mauricio Sperduti, Miguel Paniagua, Julio Dos Santos, Oscar Romero; Rodolfo Gamarra, Dani Guiza
Capiatá XI (probable): Tobias Vargas; Arturo Aquino, Jorge Paredes, Nestor Gonzalez, Derlis Ortiz; Oscar Ruiz, Angel Martinez, Edgar Balbuena, Ricardo “Tom” Ortiz; Cristian López, Jorge Ayala
By Ralph Hannah